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AG Nessel Responds to Federal Government Decision to Pull Back Rule that Would Have Impacted International Students

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released the following statement after the Trump administration rescinded its rule that would have barred hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States.

“International students not only benefit our educational institutions here in Michigan, but our state economy as a whole is in a much better position from their contributions. This policy would have left thousands of international students no choice but to leave the United States, and my colleagues and I couldn’t stand by while this administration took another action to perpetuate a divisive message, while endangering lives and robbing our educational institutions of crucial financial resources. The recklessness of this administration may have been reined in, and we have avoided what would have been an extremely unfortunate situation for thousands of international students, but I will be ready to hold this administration accountable for any future missteps.”

Nessel and a coalition of attorneys general filed a lawsuit to stop the federal rule in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It was seeking an injunction to stop the entire rule from going into effect.